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Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation
 
 
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Harlow Giles Unger.
Publisher DaCapo  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.35 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9780306818868
Pages/Publication Date 322/2010
Daedalus Item Code 32983
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Remembered largely for his cry for "liberty or death," Patrick Henry was actually the first (and most colorful) of America's Founding Fathers, as Harlow Giles Unger portrays him here—first to call Americans to arms against Britain, first to demand a bill of rights, and first to fight the growth of big government after the Revolution. A great orator and courtroom lawyer, Henry mixed histrionics and hilarity to provoke tears or laughter from judges and jurors alike. His passion for liberty (as well as his very large family), suggested to many Americans that he, not Washington, was the real father of his country.

"[The author] does remarkable work untangling a difficult subject.... Unger proves to be impressively sensitive and perceptive when chronicling some of the patriot's darker moments.... He's adept at explaining Henry's proto-libertarianism, which will sound familiar to current American readers, as new political movements suspicious of the federal government have dominated the American conversation in the past several months. Unger's book is the perfect introduction to the founder whose rhetoric started a revolution."—NPR.org

 
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